Newscast Media BOSTON—In an effort to attract new voters in a demographic that is
ever-changing, the Republican Party has unveiled its new set of rising stars in the
RNC’s “Rising Stars” program, which debuted with four members: Scott G. Ericson, a
San Jose, Calif., police officer for 15 years and a conservative writer; State
Representative Marilinda Garcia, elected to the New Hampshire House of
Representatives; Karin Agness, founder and president of the Network of enlightened
Women, or NeW and T.W. Shannon, Speaker of the Oklahoma House of
“We have this stereotype of Republicans being old, white, Anglo-Saxon men. But
there’s people like me that have been out there working for years,” said 30-year-old
New Hampshire State Rep. Marilinda Garcia,. “So they’re like, ‘Why not have her talk
about our values instead of Newt Gingrich all the time?’” she told the press.
According to RNC Chairman Reince Priebus the committee has already hired over 140
staffers across the country to assist in attracting new voters.
However, Republicans can’t just focus on changing faces of potential candidates,
they have to come up with a message that resonates with the electorate, and also
devise solutions that are practical to the most pressing needs of average Americans.
The “Rising Stars” programs is certainly the first step in the right direction, because it
introduces unknown politicians to Americans, who can then follow their policies,
thereafter determine whether or not to support the candidates. In essence, the
candidates too have to sell themselves.
Newscast Media — In less than two years, Obama is likely to face one of these GOP rising stars in a battle for the White House. Ron Paul had a very successful grassroots campaign and raised a lot of money over the Internet, however, I think the media will give him less coverage as they did in 2008, due to his views on the war, the IRS and the Federal Reserve. I have therefore narrowed the field down to the above-listed candidates.
Mitt Romney the former Massachussettes governor has successfully raised money for fellow Republicans through his Free and Strong America PAC. He is an effective fundraiser and also a staunch critic of the Obama administration especially with issues related to the economy.
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin formed her political action committee, SarahPAC, and eventually resigned from her governorship in July 2009. Virtually every candidate she has endorsed has won his or her election. Sarah Palin told Larry King she hasn’t ruled out the possibility of running in 2012.
Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin Congressman, introduced his “Roadmap to America’s Future” in 2008 and released an updated version in January 2012. An incredibly astute economist, Ryan publically challenged Obama’s Obamacare at the 2010 Health Care Summit and is known for the quote, “Hiding spending doesn’t reduce spending.”
Rick Perry, the current governor of Texas is running for an unprecedented third term because in Texas there are no term limits. Perry has never lost an election and earlier in 2010 enlisted his friend Sarah Palin, who campaigned for him before the primaries. Perry defeated Kay Bailey Hutchinson and Debra Medina, and will
be running against former Houston mayor Bill White in November.
Should George P. Bush decide to run in 2020 he will be virtually unstoppable. His Hispanic background on his mother’s side gives him a huge advantage over any other candidate, Democrat or Republican, because the demographics are shifting and the Hispanic community will be a force to be reckoned with politically, in the coming years. In 2007 he signed up for eight years as an officer in the Navy Reserves, and I suspect “P” as he likes to be called, will run for the Texas
governorship in 2016, and later on for president in 2020.
Josh Mandel is also another GOP hopeful whose star is quietly rising. Mandel won a second term as a State Representative in a heavily Democratic district in Ohio, and has championed lowering taxes for Ohio residents. He served eight years as an Intelligence Specialist in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, and in 2009 announced his candidacy for Ohio Treasurer of State.